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Josh is living on: Giving the ultimate gift of life

Josh Doherty was a one-of-a-kind caring young man who lived his life to the fullest.

He had once told his mother, Teri Doherty, that someday he was going to be famous and he was on his way to reaching that goal. One of three siblings, he grew up in central Wisconsin loving the outdoors and working hard. He was following in his father’s footsteps, serving on the Armenia Volunteer Fire Department, working to become an emergency medical technician and dreaming to someday become a full-time firefighter.

Phil Doherty, his father, had been a flight paramedic for years and would tell the children stories of tragedy and trauma, sharing details about his work followed by reminders for them to be safe – wear helmets on bikes, be safe crossing streets, be careful.

An accident on an early fall night in 2019 changed the family’s life forever.

Watch this beloved son’s story through the eyes of his parents, who knew their son would want to give the ultimate gift of life through organ donation.

Watch the video.

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